Valentine – is Robert Gray my Mr Right?

Valentine card, from ?? There’s sometimes an air of mystery, someone who doesn’t want to identify themselves. I have a potential x5 great grandfather who married on 14 February 1769, but is he Mr Right? (Valentine is the theme for #52ancestors challenge this week) Robert Gray – working backwards The starting point is Janet or  |  more…

Three score years and ten

Longevity is the theme for this week’s #52cancestors challenge. So did my direct ancestors reach their three score years and ten, 70 years in other words (Psalm 90:10)? And if they did, how typical were they of their time? Walterina Nicholson, my paternal grandmother, was the oldest direct ancestor that I know of. She died  |  more…

S is for Statistical Accounts of Scotland

Keep reading! They are far more than numbers. The Statistical Accounts are two fascinating sets of reports on each Scottish parish in the 1790s and the 1830s/40s.  They cover economic and social activities as well as natural resources. What, when, who, how? Sir John Sinclair of Ulbster sent out 171 queries to the ministers of  |  more…

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